Archive for June, 2015

Bornholm reborn: Denmark’s cycling holiday paradise

June 3, 2015

Once a simple beach escape, Bornholm, a Danish island in the Baltic, has reinvented itself as an eco-friendly, foodie destination boasting the world’s first ‘cradle-to-cradle’ hotel and 150 miles of cycling routes Nungwi Village Bornholm used to be a bucket-and-spade place, where almost everyone in Denmark decamped to in the summer; the rich to their […]

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Holy nights: camping in a church

June 3, 2015

The Churches Conservation Trust is opening places of worship to overnight guests … and, yes, they can even ‘get up to what their consciences allow’ Related: 15 pitch perfect UK campsites It was dark and chilly, and I was lying in a sleeping bag on a narrow camp bed. But I wasn’t in a tent, […]

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Let’s go to … Perth, Scotland

June 3, 2015

The arts festival running till the end of May is just one reason to discover the pleasant and thoroughly walkable former capital of Scotland Nungwi Village Running until 31 May, Perth Festival of the Arts features art trails, pop-up opera and ceilidhs, plus big names such as the Proclaimers, Jools Holland and King Creosote. Continue […]

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Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus on Stockholm’s travel highlights

June 3, 2015

The co-founder of the supergroup takes us on a tour of ‘the most beautiful capital in the world’ – and reveals which costume in the Abba museum makes him ‘cry out in pain’ Stockholm has everything New York or London has but without the people and the traffic. Because it is built on islands and […]

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The best garden B&Bs, cottages and campsites in the UK

June 3, 2015

From country estates to pub campsites and farm B&Bs, Tania Pascoe, author of Wild Garden Weekends, selects 12 great places to stay among meadows, orchards and wildflower gardens 12 of the best secret gardens in the UK Continue reading…

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10 of the best museums in Europe… that you’ve probably never heard of

June 3, 2015

Head to Europe on a city break and a museum trip is likely, but why not take a detour from the big hitters and try one of these excellent alternatives instead? A line of yellow penguins and a group of giant, faceless crawling babies marks the site of Museum Kampa, a modern art gallery on […]

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Grayson Perry’s A House for Essex opens its doors for short-break stays

June 3, 2015

The Turner Prize-winning artist’s latest project, a lavishly decorated folly-cum-artwork in north Essex, is now available for midweek and weekend breaks – but applications to stay are by ballot only • A House for Essex: a stonking shrine to a fictional woman Artist Grayson Perry’s first building, a striking “secular chapel” filled with his artwork, […]

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Crime writer Ann Cleeves on her Shetland Islands inspiration: views, arts, food and more

June 3, 2015

The author on four decades of inspiration from the austere but beautiful islands that you must call Shetland and not the Shetlands Shetland has always been a place of sanctuary for me. I visited when I dropped out of university and I just loved it from the minute I got there. It’s a bleak but […]

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10 of the best European islands … that you’ve probably never heard of

June 3, 2015

Explore Europe’s lesser-known islands and enjoy a leisurely break where walking, watersports and doing nothing at all are the order of the day A far cry from Norway’s jagged western fjord-filled coastline, the Lyngør Islands offer Baltic calm rather than wild Atlantic. Base yourself on the islands of Sandøya or Borøya (where you can park […]

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Toledo city guide: what to see plus the best restaurants, tapas bars and hotels

June 3, 2015

Spain’s one-time capital is shaking off its austere, pious image. Now, with its innovative restaurants and hotels, plus cultural sights, Toledo merits more than a day trip from Madrid Capital of Spain until 1563 – when the honour passed to the fly-blown village of Madrid, 46 miles away – Toledo, in Castilla-La Mancha, has become […]

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